Joe Barton Apologizes to BP; John Cornyn Shares Barton's Concerns

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The DNC just released this video of Joe Barton apologizing, and other Republicans defending BP:

John Cornyn has since announced that he shares Barton's concerns:

“I think it's good that there's going to be some money there, I don't know whether it's going to be enough money to pay all the claims. They should pay the legitimate claims. But the part that Representative Barton is expressing some concern about, that I share the concern, is this has really become a political issue for the President and he's trying to deal with it by showing how tough he's being against BP. The problem is BP's the only one who really is in control of shutting down this well, and he's trying to mitigate, I think, his own political problems.”

Update: Now learning that Republicans forced Barton to apologize:

“He was told, ‘Apologize, immediately. Or you will lose your position, immediately,” a House GOP leadership aide said, describing a meeting between Barton and House Minority Leader John Boehner and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.

Previously on BOR:


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Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.


    • Nobody
      has received as much money as he has over the past 20 years from the oil industry. I don't know if he's so “poor,” but I do agree that nobody else thinks like poor Joe..,(except maybe most of the conservative media darlings). 😉

      Barton, former chairman of the House energy committee and now the panel's senior Republican, has collected more than $1.4 million since 1989, the oldest data available. That includes $27,350 from BP, making him the third-biggest recipient of BP money in the House.

  1. Randy “Baby Killer” Neugebauer has competition,
    I see, for the most odious utterance by a Republican this year.

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